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The comic opera Madeleine or The Magic Kiss, opens at The Tivoli, San Francisco, California, USA.
The 'musical dream play' Bluebell In Fairyland opens at The Vaudeville Theatre, London, England, UK, where it will run for 300 performances.
The first stage production of The Wizard Of Oz is playing at The Grand Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bewitched (Bothered And Bewildered) reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. The position is achieved by amalgamating sales of versions of the song by Doris Day and Mel Torme.
Doris Day records It's Magic with Percy Faith and his Orchestra for her Columbia Records album Hooray for Hollywood (Vol. 2) in the USA.
John Giddings is born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, UK. He will become one of the world's most successful music agents and promotors, responsible for tours by artists including The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Genesis, Celine Dion, Iggy Pop and David Bowie.
The Walt Disney ainimated musical feature Peter Pan is released to cinemas in South Korea, Asia. The film includes such Sammy Cahn-composed songs as The Second Star To The Right, You Can Fly and A Pirate's Life.
Dale Hawkins opens at The Rocket Room, Washington, DC, USA.
Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Crypt Kickers reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Britain's national radio and television network The BBC (British Boradcasting Corporation) slaps a ban on novelty horror disc Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers.
Neil Sedaka records The Closest Thing To Heaven, Fly Me To The Moon and You'll Never Know at RCA Victor Studio A, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
The Kings Of Surf Music, The Beach Boys record I Get Around at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA. Intriguingly, I Get Around will give the quintet their first Top Ten hit in the UK where surf culture is virtually unheard of but, even more bizzarely, their fascination with cars and driving will inspire Kraftwerk in 1974 to create the first bona fide electronic rock hit, Autobahn, as a German equivalent of Beach Boys pop.
Vinnie Moore is born in New Castle, Delaware, USA. He will find success as the guitarist in English hard rock band UFO.
The Shades Of Blue record their version of the Hoyt Axton song Voodoo Blues at EMI Studio 2, Abbey Road, London, UK.
Davy Jones And The Lower Third release a new single, You've Got A Habit Of Leaving, in the UK on Parlophone Records. Davy Jones will become better known as David Bowie.
David Bowie And The Lower Third play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Young American musician Anthony Visconte acquires his first Certificate Of Registration as an alien residing in the UK. He will find success as record producer/arranger Tony Visconti, working with David Bowie, Marc Bolan and many others.
The Byrds record the song Space Odyssey, often cited as the first rock track to feature a Moog synthesiser.
Popular 1930s crooner Rudy Vallee stars in The Londinium Larcenies, the first of a three-part Batman tv show episode, in which he plays aristocratic super-crook Lord Marmaduke Ffogg.
David Bowie begins a three-day run as a mime artist in Pierrot In Turquoise at the Rose Hill Theatre, Cumberland, England, UK, Europe. His fee for the three days - a mere £40.
The Herd release a new album, Paradise Lost, in the UK on Fontana Records.
Diana Ross and The Supremes release a new single, No Matter What Sign You Are, on Motown Records in the USA.
Traffic move into Sheepcott Farm, Aston Tirrold, Berkshire, UK, and set to work creating music for their next album, Mr. Fantasy.
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Two months after its release, Space Oddity by David Bowie finally enters the UK singles chart.
Herman of Herman's Hermits appears on UK tv in the title role of a recent NBC-tv adaptation of Pinnochio with folk singer Burl Ives as his 'father' Gepetto.
David Bowie releases his new album, The Man Who Sold The World, in the UK.
David Bowie, Traffic, Pink Floyd, Terry Reid, Daevid Allen And Gong play at Glastonbury Fayre, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK.
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Judas Priest release their third album, Sin After Sin, on CBS Records in the UK.
Tubeway Army (Gary Numan) release a new single, Are 'Friends' Electric, on Beggars Banquet Records in the UK.
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On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays the first of two nights at The World Music Amphitheater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays at Idrottsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe, with special guest Kim Wilde.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays at Estádio Palestra Itália, São Paulo, Brazil, South America.
On his Sound And Vision Tour, David Bowie plays at Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile, South America.
Bryan Adams, David Bowie, Virus and others play at The Derby Rock Festival, River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.
During their The Mix tour, Kraftwerk play at The Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True, starring Jackson Browne, Roger Daltrey [of The Who], Natalie Cole, Jewel, Dr. John and Ry Cooder is staged at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, USA. The show is filmed and will be released as a tv special and a soundtrack album.
The Tribal Gathering 1997 festival, a two day event, begins at Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, England, UK, Europe. Artists appearing over the two days include Daft Punk, Faithless, Kraftwerk, Paul Oakenfold, Orbital, Cornershop, GusGus, Fluke, Two Lone Swordsmen and Audioweb.
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Kraftwerk play at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
David Bowie steps out on stage to sing for the first time in a year, performing Life On Mars and Five Years at the Fashion Rocks Awards ceremony in New York City, USA.
Struggling elderly blues musician Seasick Steve performs Dog House Boogie on BBC tv show Jools Holland's 14th New Year's Eve Hootenanny in London, UK. Within a week, visitors to his website rocket from 75 to 1.7m, and his career is launched.
Vampire Weekend release a new single, Holiday, in the USA.
Korn stage a live concert in a crop circle near their home town of Bakersfield, California, USA. The event is filmed for future transmission on HDNet.
Vampire Weekend play at Marymoor Amphitheatre, Redmond, Washington, USA.
Country music singer Mindy McCready and her young son Zander are found hiding together in a home in Heber Springs, Arkansas, USA. Three days earlier, McCready had removed Zander from her perents' house in Cape Coral, Florida, USA.
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Eminem releases a new single, The Monster, featuring Rihanna, worldwide.
Kraftwerk play at Disney Hall, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Coldplay release their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories in Canada, France, Greece, Poland, UK, USA and Mexico.
Tiesto releases his fifth LP, A Town Called Paradise, on Musical Freedom in The Netherlands, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.